tv KPIX 5 News Early Edition CBS November 27, 2013 4:30am-5:01am PST
flames. this video just came into the newsroom. you can see some rather large flames there shooting from the roof. the firefighters rescued a person from the balcony already. the fire started just before 3:00 this morning near briggs and lincoln park. all four units have been evacuated. we have a crew on the scene and we'll bring you information when we can. let's check the weather for now. >> we have some changes coming our way. some high clouds moving across the skies again. outside, chilly in the north bay valleys. 37 santa rosa. 43 concord, 52 san francisco. changes for the thanksgiving forecast coming up. >> outside we go, we have some road closures around the scene of that alameda fire near briggs but on the major lines of the freeway, including towards the bay bridge toll plaza, everything looks good. we'll talk travel overnight roadwork, coming up. >> it is getaway day. >> it is. yeah. >> thank you. happening today, a teenager who was set on fire aboard an
ac transit bus could be released from a hospital. as kpix 5's da lin reports, the father of luke fleischman wants the suspect tried as a juvenile. reporter: 16-year-old richard thomas is being tried as an adult for burning fleischman. he set the teen's skirt on fire aboard a bus. the suspect and his attorney asked the judge to send the case to juvenile court. the victim's father carl fleischman agrees. >> as a 16-year-old, i feel that he should be tried as a juvenile. >> reporter: he says the teen feels the same way. >> i was a 16-year-old and i know i wasn't the most mature person. >> reporter: it's ultimately up to the judge to decide whether thomas will continue his case in the adult court. in the meantime, fleischman is preparing for sasha's return home from the hospital. he says the agender teen is making a lot of progress. >> we're just glad that we have
sasha and sasha's going to make a full recovery. >> reporter: in oakland, da lin, kpix 5. >> he says his son is making such a fast recovery from the second- and third-degree burns that he could return to his high school as soon as monday. an anonymous tip led to two suspects in a cold case murder in alameda county. kpix 5's andria borba reports, dna evidence also helped seal the case. reporter: his bleeding stabbed body was found on redwood road at the entrance to chabot regional park. that was 1990. >> he was a hard-working man. >> reporter: by the time alameda county authorities found 43-year-old steven rudiger, his wife and her new boyfriend fled to the biggest little city in the world and got hitched. >> it's kind of like make- believe, though, you know? it's kind of like you're not sure if it's -- it's just hard.
>> reporter: while investigators suspected sheryl ann drace and william devincenzi in steve's death with the house they all shared and cash as the motive they didn't have proof until recently. >> you never give up hope and you get frustrated. >> reporter: drace was arrested in her san leandro home. devincenzi already with a colorful prison past was busted in his prison in victorville. it was ignited possibly by a red-hot love triangle by the drop of a dime and d.n.a. >> i can't describe what we're feeling. we finally -- that's all i can say is just finally we have arrived. >> reporter: in dublin, andria borba, kpix 5. >> two suspects were in court on monday and are now being held without bail. the latest frustration for bart riders was a problem in
the transbay tube. kpix 5's christin ayers reports, metal debris caused major delays last night. reporter: hundreds jammed this platform in west oakland waiting as long as one or two hours trapped because of some debris, some sheet metal that we heard was obstructing one of the tracks. >> i have been waiting over an hour because all they have been sending is full trains. >> i started getting claustrophobic. everybody was yelling trying to get on the train. it was chaotic. >> i just want to go home. >> reporter: the delays wore on in both directions until 7:30, when trains packed to the gills with passengers began rolling through again. this is bart's second major delay in two days. in oakland, christin ayers, kpix 5. >> the debris in the transbay tube was loose sheet metal and it was up against the electric third rail. trains to single track under the bay until it was removed. 4:34. of course, it's the day before thanksgiving. much of the country is dealing with winter style weather
already. here's a look at the snow overnight. this is in beautiful downtown buffalo. snow, rain, wind, ice, back east promising to cause havoc with airline schedules on one of the busiest travels days of the year. the satellite image demonstrates just how much of the nation is dealing with stormy conditions. pretty much from texas across the country. the weather is affecting new york city and, of course, those balloons on the macy's thanksgiving day parade. if conditions are rough enough tomorrow, parade organizers may have to ground the balloons. >> what's going on with that? >> can you imagine? >> that would be terrible. i love to see those big balloons. that's a huge part of the parade. >> the best part. but it could be dangerous you get winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour, and next thing you know they take out the whole city. >> they're in delaware! [ laughter ] around the bay area today, we have a few clouds moving across our skies this morning. looks like we have some changes
in the works though headed out the door. chilly in spots especially in the north bay early on then you can see that cutoff low that's likely to pay a visit to the bay area toward the next couple of days. but i think most of the energy from that system now is going to hang off the coastline so we are going to keep it dry now for thanksgiving. temperatures out the door 37 degrees in santa rosa, 44 in san jose, and 52 degrees in san francisco. this afternoon, still a few passing clouds, highs up in the mid-60s into livermore and also into the napa valley. about 66 in san jose. and 62 degrees in san francisco. let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. word of a new crash in the commute direction in livermore westbound 580 involving up to five cars. these are the initial reports approaching the north greenville exit. our sensors aren't picking up slowing but we think lanes are blocked. they may be clearing it quickly. we'll let you know. in the meantime, traffic must be just super light coming out
of the altamont pass. a lot of folks are beginning to take the day off for thanksgiving. usually the morning before thanksgiving is lighter. it picks up this afternoon especially towards the bay bridge toll plaza. there is some roadwork this morning on the span westbound and eastbound 80 should be picked up in the next 20 minutes. other bridges also look good. san mateo bridge maybe you're crossing it heading towards the peninsula. it's a nice drive towards sfo if you are making travel arrangements heading out or taking bart. so far all trains running on time. in fact, they are running longer trains today because they know this is a big travel day. that is your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. tributes are pouring in for coach john webb, a long-time athletic director, coach and teacher at john f. kennedy high school in fremont. he died in a car crash over the weekend. as kpix 5's betty yu reports, loved ones gathered to honor him last night. reporter: their faces alone could tell the story better
than most words. at a memorial to remember coach john webb. >> he was just a father. that's it. [ crying ] >> reporter: hundred dollars of players and students from john f. kennedy high school made signs, lit candles and brought flowers to honor a man they called a father and mentor both on and off the field. >> he always just told me that i could do something with myself and that i could go somewhere, and to me, that was a big deal. >> reporter: the 76-year-old was struck by a car on 680 last week. he had gotten out to direct other drivers around an accident he was involved in. the pain has been felt as far away as south korea. a man serving overseas watched the memorial advice yeah face time. >> it's devastating. coach webb was one of those guys could always make you feel happy and always make the situation better. >> he lived a great life. i feel happy that people would honor him for his
accomplishments. >> reporter: in fremont, betty yu, kpix 5. >> at the time of the crash, webb was returning home from the san jose state football game. he played football there in the 1950s. the university will have a moment of silence at spartan stadium before friday afternoon's game against fresno state. two bodies found inside a houseboat near rio vista in the delta on monday. de april. agents suspect the house -- de april. agents suspected the house was a floating meth lab. it may have had had something to do with the deaths. the victims are 72-year-old gary lee cooper from concord and 49 james mccrae from martinez. the u.s. supreme court is going to referee another fight over the healthcare reform plan. this time, it's whether employees should have to pay for the cost of contraception. dozens of companies are suing the government. some of them say they shouldn't be forced to pay because of religious beliefs.
>> this case isn't about saying that people shouldn't have access to these things. we don't want to pay for them. >> it's troubling to think that someone could pick and choose not based on science, not based on healthcare, not based on anything else, but pick and choose which services to provide to employees. >> if the high court agrees with the administration, businesses that refuse to pay for contraception could face fines. time now is 4:40. a farmer catches an international oil giant breaking the law. this morning, he talks to kpix 5 about how he discovered the illegal operation. >> and it is a discovery that's putting a thanksgiving turkey in a brand-new light. what could be spreading a dangerous bacteria, coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
penalized an oil company for "fracking".. now, the state is investigating near0 other companies. allen martin shows us: for the first time, california's penalized an oil company for fracking. now the state is investigating nearly 80 other companies. allen martin shows us it's all because of one farmer who
caught an international oil giant redhanded. reporter: just north of bakersfield, the almond orchards grow for four generations as long as tom's family farmed here. >> this one is harder than the other tree on the other road. >> reporter: but about a year, tom couldn't help notice an oil company's huge operation in an orchard near town. >> my again the was to take -- intent was to take a movie if anything interested happened. >> reporter: he took pictures of the vintage production at the monterey shale reserved. it's what came out of the vintage well and what was being dumped into an online hole in the ground caught tom frantz's attention. >> this man comes over and opens a valve and this black
liquid starts coming out. >> reporter: a smoking gun as far as the regional water quality board was concerned. >> without the video, i don't know that we would have ever known that that activity took place. >> reporter: clay rogers heads up the state water quality control board in the central valley. the board found vintage had 12 days discharged fluid illegally. he paid the maximum fine of $60,000 but all that gunk is still in the ground. this is what the property looks like today carved out of this orchard. that open sludge pit part of it is right under me. there are five working wells on the property today. and each one of them had one of those open pits. they have all been buried under about 3 feet of dirt. vintage declined to be interviewed but in a written statement, it said it has voluntarily analyzed soil samples and the data indicates compounds have not impacted the soil underneath. but the waterboard says there
will be more testing and if it's determined chemicals are leaching into the soil, vintage will have to remove it. >> we issued orders to 78 oil companies for information about their drilling activities for the past two years. >> this is the actual well hit. >> reporter: tom frantz realizes that $60,000 fine is barely a slap on the wrist to occidental petroleum and vintage production. but it's not going to stop him from being outspoken and keeping his video camera with him. >> a big international oil company is breaking the law because nobody is looking, taking economic advantage of the law by cheating. >> reporter: in kern county, allen martin, kpix 5. >> allen says on the same day vintage agreed to pay the $60,000 penalty for water quality violations, the state released its first regulations on the fracking process itself and the chemicals used but those rules will not go into effect until 2015. it is 4:45.
it is by far your most important forecast of the year, dare i say. >> huge forecast. and i'm thinking turkey and stuffing and -- >> can't wait. >> my mouth is already watering just thinking about it. we have some great weather coming our way. we are talking about the chance of some showers for thanksgiving. i think that's going to hold off. out the door we go this morning. we have a few passing clouds out there right now. temperatures generally in the 40s and the 50s although in some of the north bay valleys we have snuck down into the 30s. but i think as we head throughout the day today, we'll see a mix of sun and clouds again. but some fair weather mid-60s well inland a lot of 60s and hazy sunshine inside the bay and partly cloudy and cool toward the coast, temperatures in the low 60s. high pressure moving east. you have this cutoff low that's spinning off the coastline right now looks like it's going to sag far enough south that it will stay away from the bay area. any chance of rain will follow the low so rain will stay south of us and keep us dry just a few passing clouds on thanksgiving day. around the state a good travel day heading out.
you have some 60s and 70s toward fresno. 60 yosemite. 60 partly cloudy into monterey bay. temperatures around our bay today mid-60s into the south bay. 60s toward the coastline. east bay temperatures partly cloudy skies still about 65 in dublin, 64 vallejo, 65 napa valley. then inside the bay hazy sunshine, 64 in oakland and 62 degrees in san francisco. looking good now as we head in towards thanksgiving and then looks like high pressure builds in, temperatures warming up. crowding up to the middle of next week. partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 60s for thanksgiving. let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thanks, lawrence. one more workday to go and if you are traveling at all this morning, we have a problem spot brewing so we are waiting for word on if it's going to be cleared. right now the middle lane is blocked. westbound 580 approaching north greenville so busy spot anyway or busier at this time of the morning starting to pick up
some delays. five-car crash. the middle lane is blocked. not enough to impact travel time yet but obviously there are slowdowns coming through the livermore valley. northbound 880 between 16th and broadway a look at the oakland commute near the coliseum, overnight roadwork. if you are traveling westbound 580 close to the dublin interchange, looks good, speeds pick up past vasco road. san mateo bridge extra light. the volume of traffic is much lighter than typical on a wednesday. here's a live look at some of your sensors around the south bay. slowing on the northbound 280 through downtown san jose. bart is running longer trains so you can take it to the airport. that's the latest "kcbs traffic." back to you. 4:48. hi, lawrence, how are you? it's likely to be another day
of light trading on wall street. marlie hall says the holiday is making for a slow week. >> reporter: this is the last full day of business here on wall street this week. the markets are closed for thanksgiving tomorrow and only open a half day on friday. later this morning, we'll get the weekly unemployment numbers but it's expected to be another day of light trading. yesterday, the dow added less than a point and the nasdaq jumped 23 closing above 4,000 for the first time in 13 years. home prices posted big gains in september. they were up more than 13% from a year earlier in the 20 metro areas measured by the s&p kay schiller index. las vegas picked up 29%. san francisco is up 25% from 2012. a california court is take a little spice out of sriracha hot sauce. a los angeles judge ordered the company that makes the popular condiment to shut down part of its factory. people in the city of irwindale complained the spicy smells
were overwhelming the neighborhood. the judge says changes need to be made to the factory to lessen the odor. a tiny book went for a big price at auction on tuesday. the bay psalms book sold for $14.2 million a record for a book. dating back to 1640, it's believed to be the first book printed in the u.s. buyer david rubenstein plans to lend it to libraries around the country. that's your moneywatch. for more, stay with cbsmoneywatch.com. in new york, i'm marlie hall. you're cooking a turkey, right? >> my mom is in town, so she will be doing that. >> correction, your mom isk cooling the turkey. apparently a lot of us have been preparing our thanksgiving day turkeys all wrong. wait until you see what happens when julie watts turns off the lights. reporter: we have covered this in glow germ to illuminate the bacteria you're trying to wash away. look at my hands. you might expect it there. but check out the counter next
to the sink. and take a look at the fridge. feet away all of this potentially dangerous bacteria spread across the kitchen simply because we tried to wash it away. >> once you start to introduce water, you start to give that bacteria the chance to mobilize. they can't fly. they can't jump. but once you give them water they can start to move around in the kitchen environment. >> reporter: she says if germs were visible to the naked eye you would see that washing poultry doesn kill it, it spreads he it all over the condition. >> you have this tiny microscopic spray. >> reporter: that can be dangerous especially for children, pregnant women and the elderly. according to the centers for disease control over 100,000 people are hospitalized each year due to food-borne illness but in spite of the warnings old habits die-hard. >> i don't like all that old blood on my turkey. >> this thanksgiving i will.
maybe next one i will not. >> reporter: julie watts, kpix 5. >> if you do wash your turkey, control the spray in a deep sink and sanitizing the surrounding area. coming up, winter weather causing problems during one. biggest travel days of the year. what to expect heading across the country or staying closer to home. >> first a story that sounds like a hollywood blockbuster, how a movie producer became a foreign intelligence agent. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
forecast coming up. >> and all mass transit on a regular schedule. bart is running longer trains for holiday travelers. we'll have a full "kcbs traffic" coming up. hollywood spy games played out in real life. brittany hopper on how a top movie producer became an israeli intelligence agent. reporter: he is one of hollywood's biggest producers. but was he leading a double life? >> he is a very mysterious exotic figure in hollywood. i don't know the truth. >> reporter: for 20 years one of the most powerful hollywood producers born in israel says he was a leading israeli intelligence agent. [ non-english language ] >> reporter: in a new interview broadcast in israel, a reporter asked millshin about a 1983 indent where he reportedly used actor richard drives to richard
dreyfuss to set up a meeting between scientists and officials. he says everyone wants to meet a star and that's how it happened. "a" list actors such as ben affleck and robert deniro said they heard it but didn't care. >> i remember at some point i asked arnen about that. i just wanted to know. he said yeah, i did, i'm israeli, i serve my country. >> reporter: it was suggested that executives in the entertainment industry must have known his secrets. but one movie executive says, not true. >> there's only one politics, only one religion in this town, hits. [ non-english language ] >> reporter: millshen i understand the interview says he did it for his country but stopped short of calling himself a spy. >> that was brittany hopper reporting. millshin claims he is not the only hollywood big wig
one person is rescued as an alameda apartment complex goes up in flames this morning. firefighters use every piece of fire equipment available to battle the fire. >> just glad that we have sasha and sasha's going to make a full recovery. >> the teenager set on fire aboard an ac transit bus could be home just in time for the holidays. sasha fleischman may be released from the hospital today. >> concerned about getting home in time to celebrate the holidays with my family. >> the timing could not be worse for millions of americans trying to go home for the holidays as the storm sweeps the country creating some pretty severe delays in the air and on the roads.
. >> they get so frantically obsessed they forget the bigger pictures. >> it's not better for families. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning"." good morning, it's wednesday, november 27. i' michelle griego. >> hi, everyone. i'm frank mallicoat. anne makovec is on the scene of breaking news at a fire in alameda. firefighters had to rescue a person, i understand, trapped on a balcony of that burning apartment. >> reporter: i spoke from one person who jumped from a second floor balcony. everybody appears to be okay. here's a closer look at the fire which started about 2:45 a.m. on briggs avenue. there are four apartments in the